Recordings of Convocations

  • Created 28 January 2005; Published 6 July 2017
    Convocation: Nikki Giovanni
    One of the most widely read American poets, Yolande Cornelia 'Nikki' Giovanni is a strong voice of the Black community. Her book 'Racism 101' includes bold, controversial essays about the situation of Americans on all sides of various race issues. Her three most recent volumes of poetry were winners of the NAACP Image Award. She has received 21 honorary doctorates and a host of other awards. Since 1987, she has been a professor at Virginia Tech. The title of her presentation is 'The Poetics of the Black Experience.'
  • Created 21 January 2005; Published 6 July 2017
    Convocation: Alan Cutler '75

    Geologist Alan Cutler '75 burst onto the literary nonfiction scene with 'The Seashell on the Mountaintop,' the story of a 17th-century scientist-turned-priest who forever changed our understanding of the earth and created a new field of science. Cutler's presentation is titled 'The Seashell on the Mountaintop: Religion and the Birth of a Science.'

  • Created 14 January 2005; Published 6 July 2017
    Convocation: Vincent Harding
    Civil rights activist Vincent Harding has had a long history of involvement in national and international movements for peace and justice. A close friend of Martin Luther King Jr., Harding has written several books about the Black freedom struggle. He was a professor, the first director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center in Atlanta, and the senior academic consultant to the award-winning PBS television series, 'Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years.' The title of his presentation is 'A King for the Twenty-First Century.'
  • Created 7 January 2005; Published 6 July 2017
    Convocation: Marita Wesely-Clough
    Marita Wesely-Clough is considered one of the top five trend spotters and futurists in the nation. As a trends expert at Hallmark Cards, she monitors the social milieu to spot trends as they emerge and track existing ones as they climb, peak, and wane. The title of her presentation is '2005 and Beyond: Emerging and Evolving Trends.'
  • Created 12 November 2004; Published 6 July 2017
    Convocation: 'Election 2004 - Media and Electoral Politics'
    Students from Barbara Allen and Greg Marfleet's political science classes present the findings of their collaborative research project about the influence of broadcast news and advertising on the Presidential and Minnesota races.
  • Created 5 November 2004; Published 6 July 2017
    Convocation: Suzan Harjo
    Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee, Suzan Harjo is a poet, writer, lecturer, curator and policy advocate, who has helped Native Peoples recover more than one million acres of land. While her commentary and poetry are widely published, she is also a leader in several Indian rights organizations and publications. The title of her presentation is 'Contemporary Native American Ceremonial and Cultural Issues: Why Identity, Policy, Politics and Visions Matter.'
  • Created 29 October 2004; Published 6 July 2017
    Convocation: Michael Barnett
    The Stassen Chair in International Relations at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Michael Barnett is a world-recognized leader in international relations and Middle East politics. In addition to teaching, Barnett engages professional and international leaders in developing conceptual frameworks and innovative approaches to policy analysis, and is an advocate for policy change. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the United Nations and the international relations of the Middle East. The title of Barnett's presentation is 'What is the Future of Humanitarianism?'
  • Created 22 October 2004; Published 6 July 2017
    Convocation: Sergio Arau
    The multifaceted Sergio Arau is a talented writer, artist, musician, and filmmaker. He is the founder of popular newspapers and satirical magazines, and a successful artist, cartoonist, and music video producer. He wrote and directed the feature-length film "A Day Without a Mexican," which breaks down stereotypes, dispels myths and educates with facts.
  • Created 15 October 2004; Published 6 July 2017
    Convocation: Donald Saari

    The dynamics of voting theory is a research topic of Donald Saari, Director of the Center for Decision Analysis at the University of California, Irvine. Saari explains the underlying structure of various voting systems, including that by which we elect our president, and shows the chaotic nature of these systems. The title of Saari's presentation is 'Elections! But do we elect whom we really want?'

  • Created 8 October 2004; Published 6 July 2017
    Convocation: José E. López
    The community leadership and vision of José E. López, a professor at Northeastern Illinois University, have had a profound impact on the life, thought, and development of Chicago's Puerto Rican and Latino communities. He is also the executive director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago, which hosts a wide array of community services. The title of his presentation is "Forging Community: Resistance and Renaissance in the Barrio."
  • Created 1 October 2004; Published 6 July 2017
    Convocation: Roger Shimomura

    The paintings, print and theater pieces of Roger Shimomura address socio-political issues of Asian America. His bold, illustration-like artwork deals with Asian stereotypes and prejudices, and often references his family history. A Japanese American, Shimomura was born in Seattle at the start of World War II and spent the first years of his life with his family in an internment camp. He is currently is Distinguished Professor of Performance and Painting at the University of Kansas. The title of his presentation is "The 63 Stages of the Yellow Brick Road."

  • Created 24 September 2004; Published 6 July 2017
    Convocation: Jean Kilbourne

    Visiting scholar at Wellesley College, Jean Kilbourne is internationally recognized for her pioneering work on the image of women in advertising. Kilbourne explores the relationship of media images to various problems in society. The title of Kilbourne's presentation is, 'The Naked Truth: Advertising's Image of Women.'

  • Created 13 September 2004; Published 6 July 2017
    Opening Convocation: John Harrington

    Opening Convocation with an address by John Harrington, a 27-year veteran and Chief of the Saint Paul Police Department. Harrington is a Dartmouth College graduate, has a master's degree in police leadership, administration and education, and is working on a Ph.D. in public administration. The title of his address is 'Acting with Audacity.'

  • Created 28 May 2004; Published 6 July 2017
    Honors Convocation: Perry Mason

    In honor of those students who have completed distinguished work during their undergraduate careers, the Honors Convocation speaker is Perry Mason, Carleton's John E. Sawyer Professor of Philosophy and Liberal Learning. The title of his address is 'In Praise of Honor.'

  • Created 21 May 2004; Published 6 July 2017
    Convocation: David Wee

    As one of the founders of the Paracollege, the 'design-your-own-major-parallel college', David Wee has been a member of the St. Olaf English department since 1965. The title of his presentation is 'Sport (Mostly Baseball) in Culture and the Curriculum: Seabiscuit and the Babe, Corked Bats and Teddy Ballgame, Dr. Strangeglove and a Little Chin Music.'

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